Published: Sat, December 01, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Illinois Patients Now Under Investigation For Polio-Like Child Illness AFM

Illinois Patients Now Under Investigation For Polio-Like Child Illness AFM

Acute flaccid myelitis' (AFM's) characteristic features include an acute febrile illness, usually with upper respiratory symptoms (like a typical cold), which progresses to include neurological symptoms such as limb weakness and/or other nerve involvement (causing facial, eye, swallowing or speaking muscle weakness).There is not yet any specific test for AFM, although MRI imaging typically shows evidence of spinal cord gray matter involvement. It has been affecting young children across the state and the country, and earlier this month the CDC established a task force to investigate AFM. Two cases have been confirmed in NYC.

Hawaii is not among the 31 states where the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed cases of acute flaccid myelitis - a polio-like disease. Kids made up more than 90 percent of all AFM cases since 2014, per the CDC.

Cases of AFM, by state, confirmed in 2018.

It's not clear whether there is more of a risk of AFM in states that have a higher number of cases or if those states are just better at identifying and reporting patients.

"I want to reaffirm to parents, patients, and our Nation CDC's commitment to this serious medical condition", CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said in a statement. "This Task Force will ensure that the full capacity of the scientific community is engaged and working together to provide important answers and solutions to actively detect, more effectively treat, and ultimately prevent AFM and its consequences".

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The syndrome is a paralyzing disease, causing children to lose the ability to move their face, neck, back, arms or legs.

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Safranek said he did not know whether the Sarpy-Cass child has had lingering effects. There is no known cause or treatment for this disease. Two cases are in NY.

The number of Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) appear to spike in August and September every two years, and researchers aren't sure why.

AFM-billed as "polio-like" because of its deleterious effect on the nervous system-has been on the rise since 2014, peaking in the fall and mystifying researchers.

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